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Day Two Recap – A Little More Coffee, A Smidge More Politics, and a Whole Lot of Advocating

To start the day, Beth and Samantha joined other NACHC Policy and Issues Forum first-timers, including Dr. Aaron Clark, CMO of PrimaryOne Health, in meeting Senator Sherrod Brown at his constituent coffee. They had the opportunity to thank Senator Brown for his attendance at October’s round table discussion with The Counseling Center and to thank him for his continued support of CHCs. They also had the pleasure of speaking with his legislative director, Jeremy Hekhuis, further detailing the need for support behind Ohio’s CHCs.

At the same time, Todd and Summer were back at the conference hall attending a session regarding health center operations. They spent time learning how Compass can continue, deliver, and expand its current services.

The Compass group then reconvened with other Ohio FQHC delegates to meet with Representative Brad Wenstrup. It was asked of Rep. Wenstrup to support continued health center grant funding, workforce initiative funding, and Medicaid expansion. Rep. Wenstrup was very open to the discussion and spoke of his support for CHCs.

OACHC Wenstrup Hill

#FunFact: Dr. Wenstrup once served as a board member of a Cincinnati-area CHC.

Next, the Ohio group met with Senator Brown’s aide, Abigail Duggan, to ask the same support from the senator. Ms. Duggan assured the group that Sen. Brown was a big supporter of CHCs and that he would do what he could to assure we have the needed resources so we can continue to deliver high quality care to the citizens of Ohio.

To wrap up the day, the group met with Jack Dolan, aide to Senator Rob Portman. Again, the three asks of grant funding, workforce initiative funding, and Medicaid expansion support were brought to the forefront of the conversation, with Summer leading the charge. Mr. Dolan assured us that CHCs had Sen. Portman’s support, especially in terms of how they have been one of the biggest responders to the opioid epidemic.

OACHC Portman Hill

Friday will see the Compass group breaking into various educational sessions. Topics include finance, compliance, advocacy, and a plethora of others. Stay tuned for summaries from tomorrow’s sessions. In the meantime, make sure you sign up to be a health center advocate.

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Day One Recap – Coffee, Politics, and Buckeye Solidarity

To start the day in D.C. attending the national FQHC Policy and Issues Forum, Beth, Samantha, and Summer met with members of OACHC at Senator Rob Portman’s constituent coffee to speak with the senator about the great work CHCs do for Ohio’s communities. Specifically, Compass had the pleasure of speaking directly with both Senator Portman and his aide Jack Dolan about the importance of integration of behavioral health and primary care with respect to the opioid epidemic facing Southern Ohio, an issue dear to the senator’s heart.

Across town, Todd, underwent NACHC’s “Board Member Boot Camp”. There they discussed areas of finance, quality, and responsibilities related to the oversight of CHCs. He’s eager to share what he learned with the rest of the Board of Directors.

Later in the day, Beth, Samantha, and Summer, re-grouped for the session “Be Ready to Head to the Hill”. There they learned how best to address legislators in one-one-one meetings and how to encourage advocacy efforts while in D.C. and after returning back home to our communities.

The group, as a whole, reconvened for the General Session to hear from NACHC leadership, as well as participate in a round table discussion involving former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Thomas Daschle and Former Utah Governor, Michael Leavitt about the art of speaking with legislatures and an insider’s update on the current political atmosphere and where they believe it is heading.

General Session

To end the day, Compass met with FQHC representatives from all over the state of Ohio to discuss the plan for tomorrow’s capitol hill visits. Led by OACHC’s Julie DiRossi King and Teresa Rios-Bishop, the Compass team learned some best practices when interacting with Ohio’s representatives and senators. Armed with this knowledge, Compass looks forward to #stormingthehill today to discuss the importance of such issues such as continued CHC funding, workforce programs, and more.

OACHC Delegation

Tune in later for more updates. As always, don’t forget to sign up as a health care advocate today.

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Compass to Join Fellow FQHCs in Our Nation’s Capital

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Seen here with Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, Compass Compliance Officer Beth Dunlap and Outreach Specialist Samantha Walls are part of a group of healthcare advocates visiting legislators this week in Washington, D.C.

This week, Stephen “Todd” Crabtree, Board Vice Chair; Beth Dunlap, Corporate Compliance Officer; Summer Kirby, Chief Executive Officer; and Samantha Walls, Outreach and Enrollment Specialist and Advocacy Coordinator will be meeting with community health care workers from around the U.S. to discuss the future of healthcare with policy makers in the heart of our nation’s capital.

Discussions will include continued funding for CHCs, preserving expanded Medicaid, advocacy, and compliance issues, among other things. Compass has the unique opportunity of visiting with Senator Sherrod Brown,  Senator Rob Portman, and Representative Brad Wenstrup and/or their legislative assistants with the OACHC delegation to discuss what their decisions mean for the patients back home in Ohio and how they can be integral in ensuring no patient is left without access to affordable quality healthcare.

In the coming days, we will be posting photos and information from the sessions we attend and ways you can help make a difference for your community health center. In the meantime, don’t forget to sign up to be a health center advocate! Also, take to Twitter and Facebook with a photo and let us know why you #valueCHCs. Don’t forget to tag us and your legislators. Those who participate and show the most influence on Twitter will receive national recognition.

Capitol at Dusk

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NACHC’s Call to Action – Sign by March 31st to Show Support for Your Community Health Center (CHC)

Call to Action

Hello Advocates, please read this guest post by Amanda Pears Kelly.

The Health Centers Funding “Dear Colleague” Letters are now circulating – Senators Wicker (R-MS) and Stabenow (D-MI) and Representatives Bilirakis (R-FL) and Green (D-TX) have once again stepped up to lead this important effort to publicly support health center funding in the year ahead – fiscal year 2018.  Contact your Members of Congress TODAY to request that they co-sign the Wicker-Stabenow Health Centers Letter in the Senate, or the Bilirakis-Green Health Centers Letter in the House.

By signing on to the letters, members of Congress publicly show their support for health centers and continued funding for the Health Centers Program. The number of signatures on each letter will influence how successful we are in securing funding for health centers in FY2018.

TAKE ACTION: Click BOTH the link for the House letter AND the Senate letter, to email, tweet, post and/or call your members of Congress – these actions will take less than 5 minutes to complete.

National Call In Day Reminder: Get ready to participate in this year’s National Call-In Day this Thursday, March 30th to ask your members of Congress to co-sign the Health Centers Letter and demonstrate their support for health center funding. Make a plan to call your members of Congress to make your request and share why you value community health centers. To call your House member, click here. To call your Senator, click here.

#ValueCHCs Social Media Campaign: Speaking of value, we encourage you to share why you #valueCHCs on social media. Our social media campaign has already made over a million impressions on Twitter. Get involved and participate in this great opportunity for the Health Center Advocacy Network to share the value and importance of health centers with their members of Congress! This is a great way for advocates back home to take action this week during the 2017 NACHC Policy & Issues Forum. Post images on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #valueCHCs to share the ways in which you and your community #valueCHCs.  Learn more here.

For more information, the latest list of letter co-signers, and to access copies of both the Bilirakis-Green and the Wicker-Stabenow Appropriations Letter please visit hcadvocacy.org.

As always, if you have questions or need any additional information please email grassroots@nachc.com. Thank you for your ongoing commitment to Health Center Advocacy and for taking action to support health centers and the patients they serve!

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Compass to Take On Role of Healthcare Advocate

Just like with any new administration, changes can be both exciting and daunting, all at the same time. With the introduction of the House’s new health care bill, nothing can be further from the truth. Despite all of the uncertainty, Compass, like any good Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), is adamant about ensuring our patient’s continue to receive quality and affordable healthcare from providers and staff that they know and trust.

In order to continue this mission, Compass has decided it is imperative to take on the role of advocate for our patient base. As such, we will be partnering with the National Association of Community Healthcare Centers (NACHC) as part of their Health Center Advocacy Network.

To advocate is to put the patient first. Like other FQHCs around the nation, Compass has made it its mission to serve every member of the community, including those who are under-insured and uninsured, many of whom have been positively affected by the ACA, particularly through Medicaid expansion, the latter of which has seen bipartisan support from Governor John Kasich to Senator Sherrod Brown to Senator Rob Portman. Advocating for stable, affordable health insurance programs ensures our patients receive the care they need, when they need it.

Another initiative that requires diligent advocacy is getting Congress to respond to the FQHC funding cliff set to expire on September 30th. If Congress does not act, all FQHC’s, including Compass, could stand to lose upwards of 70% of their funding meaning lost jobs and, with loss of jobs, means less access to quality, affordable care for our community. The good news is that FQHC’s have historically seen unwavering bipartisan support; we just have to make sure Congress acts on time.

While Compass plans on taking advocacy head on, advocacy only works, in the long run, with all hands on deck. That’s why we’re asking you to take a stand for your community. Don’t have a lot of time to devote to advocacy? That’s perfectly alright. Most advocacy takes the form in responding to ‘Calls to Action’ which see you emailing, calling, tweeting, or posting Facebook statuses in support of policy or government officials that take a stand for patient interests. On average, this takes LESS THAN 2 MINUTES!

If you are interested in seeing continued access to quality affordable health care in your community, please sign up by filling out an application, in-person at Compass Community Health Care Center (1634 11th Street) or by signing up online and identifying Compass as your health center affiliate.

 

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Live Well Wednesday

Colorectal Cancer Awareness

At Compass Community Health Care Center we are dedicated to providing the best health care possible. We are listening to our patients, families, and community with their health concerns and questions. Watch for #LiveWellWednesday posts each Wednesday evening, which focus on giving you the information and tips you need to understand current health care concerns and topics.

Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer(https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal/) (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Every year, about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and more than 50,000 people die from it. But this disease is highly preventable, by getting screened beginning at age 50.

Screening tests help prevent colorectal cancer by finding precancerous polyps (abnormal growths) so they can be removed. Screening also finds this cancer early, when treatment can be most effective.  March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, below are some tips for preventing colon cancer and facts about the disease.

What You Can Do

Fast Facts

For additional information on this topic, helpful fact sheets, brochures and much more check out the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal/sfl/. To schedule an appointment with one of our providers, please contact our office 740-355-7102.

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